Our Autumn concert will comprise Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, or Paukenmesse, and Te Deum No. 2 in C, and Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region. It will be performed at All Saints, West Dulwich on Saturday Dec. 1 at 7.30 pm. Conductor: Aidan Oliver.
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In the 2018-19 season we have an ambitious programme encompassing not only the Haydn and Vaughan Williams concert in Dulwich in late Autumn, but also a carol concert on Thursday Dec. 20 and a Mozart Requiem come-and-sing workshop at St. Barnabas, Dulwich Village on March 2, 2019 That will be followed by a performance of Mendelssohn’s magnificent Elijah oratorio to mark our return to Cadogan Hall next April 27, two years after our highly successful St. Matthew Passion at the same venue.
A group from the choir is also participating in a tour of the Amalfi coast in October this year, with plans to sing in venues including Sorrento and Ravello.
Our musical director Aidan Oliver, who has led the choir since 2006, is one of the U.K.’s leading choral conductors. As director of Philharmonia Voices he works with the Philharmonia Orchestra on many of their most high-profile projects, including numerous concerts and broadcasts from the Royal Festival Hall.
He is in high demand as a guest chorus master, working with groups including the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, English National Opera and Huddersfield Choral Society, with whom he recently directed a CD of British choral classics.
Dulwich Choral Society, formed in 1944, is a thriving, friendly, auditioned choir that performs at least three concerts a year, including two with professional orchestras and top-class soloists. As well as giving concerts in the Dulwich area, the choir has performed more widely in central London and abroad, and a choir tour to southern Italy is planned for October of this year.
Since 1998 the choir has undertaken tours to Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany and Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina; in 2014 the choir continued this tradition with a four day visit to Portugal, performing in Sintra and Lisbon, while in 2016 our singers visited Spain, focusing on the area around Madrid. Closer to home the choir performs in several of the beautiful churches in and around Dulwich, and enjoys a strong local following. If you would like to support the choir, you can find details of our Friends and Patrons scheme here.
Major recent concerts have included Beethoven’s Mass in C at All Saints, Dulwich in December 2017, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Cadogan Hall in March 2017, Haydn’s Creation in Dulwich in October 2016 and the world premier of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin in the presence of the composer in March 2016. The choir has also recently performed both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the beautiful surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.